Serving as the San Francisco Giants executive vice president of baseball operations since 2015, Brian Sabean has been asked by his superiors to take a more hands-on role with the team, and help with the day-to-day operations of the team.
While his job title won't change, Giants CEO Larry Baer and team owners asked Sabean to share some of the tasks normally taken on by general manager Bobby Evans - a seat Sabean used to hold before his promotion.
"I will be more involved with (manager Bruce Bochy) and the major-league staff and the major-league team, and whatever else I can get to," Sabean told Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, continuing to suggest he'll be more involved in preparations for the draft.
According to Baggarly, Sabean's assignment to assist Evans is less about suggesting he is having trouble fulfilling his obligations, and more about bouncing back after one of the worst seasons in recent franchise history.
The Giants finished dead last in the National League West last year, partially due to an injury to staff ace Madison Bumgarner, and partially due to breakout seasons from surprise contenders Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. San Francisco finished 64-98 in 2017, tied for the worst record in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers.
With Sabean as GM from 1997-2014, the Giants made it to the postseason seven times, winning the World Series three times in a five-year span from 2010-14.